Position Reports to: Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs & Provost
The Dean of the College of Optometry (DCO) is assigned the authority and responsibility for the hiring, on-going evaluation, retention and discharge for all faculty and staff within the Optometry program. The Dean must facilitate open communication among administrators, faculty, students, staff and other constituencies and demonstrate a strong commitment to shared governance.
The DCO has authority and responsibility for fiscal management of the program and must develop and sustain the program on a continuing basis and must accomplish the mission, goals and objectives of the College of Optometry. The DCO represents the school at various meetings and functions within Optometric Education.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
a. Communicates news and current information among all concerned stakeholders (e.g., the academic institution, program faculty and staff, advisory committee, students etc) to maintain current knowledge of the educational program, and report any changes affecting clinical practice and education.
b. Provides ongoing communication with constituents, including:
i. Philosophy of the academic program. ii. Requirements of program curriculum for syllabus, and learning objectives required for the program and individual courses. iii. Policy and procedures of the program including assuring the review, revision, and maintenance of the policy and procedures manual, the student handbook and the clinical education handbook. iv. Current materials required for accreditation, including assuring payment of accreditation fees and submission of all accreditation related documentation (such as annual reports, self-study, etc…) v. Working with faculty and students in ensuring internship and other related requirements are met by students. vi. Dissemination of appropriate student-related information. vii. Collection and analysis of feedback from all constituents (e.g. university administration/personnel and other departments, program core, associated and clinical education faculty, students, graduates, employers, advisory committee members, and the general public). viii. Coordinating program and related university and community activities. ix. Facilitating faculty development opportunities including educational seminars and faculty availability as a resource in their areas of expertise.
2. Curriculum Development
a. Developing, monitoring, and refining the curriculum.
3. Evaluation and Assessment
a. Ensures the regular evaluation of core faculty in areas of teaching, scholarly activity, service, administration, leadership and other roles. b. Ensures the regular evaluation of associated faculty. c. Ensures the regular evaluation of department staff. d. Ensures the regular evaluation and feedback related to student performance. e. Ensures that development activities and plans are linked to the assessment process incorporating faculty, staff and program needs. f. Ensures that the assessment plan for the program is completed, is effective, and that resulting recommendations are implemented as appropriate.
a. Provides vision for Optometry program professional education. b. Models and promotes the professional behavior expected by the program. c. Understands, has experience, and is active with curriculum content, design and evaluation. d. Employs strategies to promote and support professional development. e. Implements proven effective interpersonal and conflict-management skills. f. Facilitates needed change. g. Demonstrates negotiation and advocacy skills (relative to planning, budgeting, funding, program faculty status, program status, employment and termination, space, and appropriate academic and professional benefits). h. Effectively participates in strategic planning. i. Active in service on behalf of optometry professional education, higher education, the larger community, and organizations related to their academic interest. j. Manages human and fiscal resources. k. Demonstrates a commitment to lifelong learning. l. Participates actively in institutional governance. m. Promotes and facilitates accomplishment of all program goals and expected outcomes. n. Ensures that all program policies and procedures are followed, reviewed, documented and revised as appropriate. o. Assures accreditation standards are met or exceeded. p. Participates in student instruction as a faculty member as appropriate. q. Oversees facilitating and assessing the performance, development and other activities of department staff.
Must have a Doctorate in Optometry and be eligible for optometric licensure in the State of Utah
Must have substantial administrative and teaching experience in optometric education and a track record of success.Must have substantial leadership experience in optometric education
Must have a notable record of service to the community
Must have significant experience with the accreditation process of the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE), preferably with the building of a new program.
Must have excellent communication and leadership skills.
Must have experience in healthcare administration and the clinical practice in Optometry.
Must have a proven track record of scholarly activity within Optometry and securing external funding through grants and donations.
Must have a proven record of effective fiscal management of a program and sufficient fundraising abilities for the needs of the program.
Internal Number: 163
About Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions
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